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Staging for the Emperors:

A History of Qing Court Theatre, 1683–1923
Liana Chen
ISBN: 9781621965480

"I have read this book with great pleasure and learned a lot from it. This study is evidently based on extensive and careful research of primary sources, and it presents a clear outline of the development of court drama during the Qing dynasty. Doing so, Liana Chen focuses on the reigns of Kangxi, Qianlong, and Jiaqing, and the years Cixi was in power. Such a study is very welcome." —Wilt Idema, Harvard University Read More..

Terrence McNally and Fifty Years of American Gay Drama

John Clum
ISBN: 9781604979220

"This book is a must read for everyone interested in American theatre and LGBT studies ... founded by rigorous scholarship and clarity, ... Clum enriches his book by providing extensive historical context that situates McNally's plays in their contemporary social and cultural milieu; at the same time he makes his survey of McNally and contemporary American gay drama seem exceedingly relevant." —Theatre Journal Read More..

Pedro Zamora, Sexuality, and AIDS Education:

The Autobiographical Self, Activism, and The Real World
Christopher Pullen
ISBN: 9781604979237

This book illuminates the significance of the work of Pedro Zamora and places in context contemporary needs for both HIV/AIDS education and the personal political context of sexual diversity. It is a must read for those in LGBT studies, communications, social work, and the performing arts. Read More..

Awkward Stages:

Plays about Growing Up Gay
John Clum and Sean Metzger
ISBN: 9781604979084

The plays in this volume, written by some the most celebrated playwrights, illuminate how sexual identity is important to the young men, in great part because they must define themselves against the prejudice and sanctions of family and social institutions. For example, Michael Perlman’s From White Plains shows the power and danger of contemporary media, which has enabled a new, virulent form of bullying. Read More..

Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts:

A Critical Reader
Mary Elizabeth Anderson and Doug Risner
ISBN: 9781604978810

The teaching artist today performs an important role in numerous educational contexts. This volume, focused on teaching artists in dance and theatre disciplines,expands this developing area of inquiry and reveals topographies for teaching in and through these arts disciplines that have, until this text, been examined separately. It illuminates pedagogical, artistic, and professional issues for two performing arts disciplines by using the voices and experiences of each form’s practitioners and those who prepare them. Read More..

Performance, Theatre, and Society in Contemporary Nicaragua:

Spectacles of Gender, Sexuality, and Marginality
Alberto Guevara
ISBN: 9781604978612

Although there has been some excellent academic research focusing on performance or/and theatre in Nicaragua, such scholarship seldom attends to the very important connections between daily staged public social acts and local, national/global politics that deal directly and indirectly with marginalized social/cultural landscapes in this country. This book fills the gap by examining the connections between Nicaragua’s marginalized landscapes and bodies, between social/political visibility and invisibility, and the relationship between social abandonment and social encompassment in the nation. Read More..

Black Medea:

Adaptations for Modern Plays
Kevin J. Wetmore
ISBN: 9781604978650

The plays in this volume reflect recurring themes and approaches to adapting Medea to modern contexts. Numerous modern adaptations see the play as painting a picture of the struggle of the powerless under the powerful, of women against men, of foreigners versus natives. The play has been adapted into colonial and historical contexts to lend its powerful resonances to issues of current import. Read More..

Perspectives on Contemporary Dance History:

Revisiting Impulse, 1950–1970
Thomas K. Hagood and Luke C. Kahlich
ISBN: 9781604978483

Impulse, A West Coast Annual of Contemporary Dance was the first and for many years the preeminent link between discourses in dance and society, politics, education, performance, history, philosophy, criticism, science, religion, to name but a few. As eminent authors of the time were invited to contribute to issues of Impulse, contemporary dance scholars were invited to contribute to this book that examines Impulse from today’s point of view. This volume revisits the journal’s breadth of commentary, scope of authorship, and provocative yet engaging discourses. Read More..

Gay Drama Now:

An Anthology
John M. Clum
ISBN: 9781604978421

“This timely collection reminds us that gay drama is as vital, vibrant and urgent today as it has ever been. Offering a refreshingly diverse range of voices and styles, these works transform traditions of gay male theatricality and fabulousness into resources for social change in the twenty-first century, Gay Drama Now deserves a standing ovation.” – Shane Vogel, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Cultural Studies Program, Indiana University Read More..

John Durang:

Man of the American Stage
Lynn Matluck Brooks
ISBN: 9781604977752

This book takes the perspective of the theater as a crucible for the forging of American identity and culture. John Durang (1768–1822) is both an exemplary and a remarkable figure in early American theater. Among the first native-born Americans to appear on the stage, he was the first to make the theater his life. Read More..

 

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